|Birthdays are delicious!|
I had every intention of doing it right: I set up Pinterest boards, and had grand ideas about hosting a Martha Stewart-worthy backyard shindig but I just ran...out...of...steam. I've been using the fact that our back deck is under construction as a (very good) excuse for not having a party, but that's only half true. The real reason I didn't go all out for Rose's birthday is that having two kids 18 months apart, a job, and very little childcare doesn't leave me with a whole lot of extra time to craft crepe paper roses and bake flower-shaped birthday cakes. Besides, it's not like Rose is going to remember her birthday, so it doesn't really make sense to spend a ton of money on a bounce house and party favors when those shekels could be much better spent on wine. Er, I mean, saving for a house.
I tell people all the time that one of the greatest gifts of parenthood has been learning that "good enough" is enough. In the spirit of my new motto, I decided to put together a party that was not over the top and not glamorous, but definitely good enough.
|Who needs bagels when party hats taste so delicious?|
|I roped my Mom into making her crown - she's a lot cheaper than Etsy!|
|In my opinion party hats are always worth having - even for the most low key shindig.|
4. Party favors are optional. Let's be honest, most of the time the party favors your kids bring home end up in the recycling bin. If you're going to do favors, do something unique and that's not just more crap. I found some beautifully packaged Japanese rose candies that doubled as table decor, and were unique and interesting enough that everyone wanted to try them. Double win: the Canter's staff threw away the empty packages after my nephews ate them all!
|Chris is thrilled the party didn't cost much, and I'm happy I didn't have to clean up!|